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Summers are so busy around here!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Part of it's my own fault, really; I live in the Bible belt... and I honestly don't do well when there are kids around me 24/7. ;) I yell a lot.

So, to mitigate that, I take advantage of what is likely a unique southern phenomenon:

Vacation Bible School.

Now, before you protest, yes, I know that they have VBS elsewhere. But what makes it unique here is the sheer pervasiveness of the programs. Nearly every church has one, and the best part is that there are *so many* churches here that it's entirely possible, with careful planning you can participate in one every week, or nearly so.

Why would anyone want to do this? Well, in short, free babysitting. Most VBS sessions run 2-3 hours, a couple for 4. They usually run either in the morning (starting at 9) or in the evening (starting at 6.) There are tons of kids, crafts, projects, singing... and the kids have a ball.

It's also the only time that my husband and I get date nights. ;)

We're on our third VBS. We've done two weeks' worth already, one at a Baptist church, one at a Presbyterian church. This week's is at a Methodist church. So we're exposing the kids to lots of different viewpoints, too!

And best of all? Two weeks ago, my little girl asked Jesus to come into her heart.

This actually made my Grandpa cry.
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  • _MOBII_
    What a great idea!
    We weren't brought up religious...I remember going to church when I was young and I also went several times during my first marriage. But the idea of vbs never occurred to me when my kids were little.
    And how great for your little one, it will give her peace and strength in life :)
    2070 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/18/2013 11:21:00 AM
    The other advantage of VBS? It staves off summer learning loss and fights childhood obesity! Kids whose families don't keep them busy and engaged all summer come back to school behind academically and, more often than families might realize, with a higher BMI.

    I think it's great that you take such full advantage of the programs available in your community!
    2070 days ago
    I'd say it's a win-win situation, as long as your kids are enjoying themselves and learning about loving and supporting others then they will come out ahead.
    2071 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. This is Great for all Children. This is the Best Place for Them. They learn about God and the Bible. This is what every child needs growing up. We need God back into Our Government and Schools too. We Have an Awesome God. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2071 days ago
    same here. VBS is everywhere, and wise parents take advantage of it. The kids seem to get a lot out of it. Their social network gets kind of out of whack when school is out.

    funny thing about all the denominations you mentioned: I often hear parents say they don't want to force their kids to go to church. They want the child to decide when he or she is older.
    Well...what are they going to choose from if they've never been???

    2071 days ago
    God can work in mysterious ways. I will need to keep this in mind for my DD because I think it might be the only way our grandchildren will ever get any religious ed.

    2071 days ago
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